The Red Hot Chili Peppers played Hollywood’s Amoeba Records in an LA love-fest..
By Paul Marszalek
An in-store, at last.
John Frusciante returned.
All was well in the world — at least for a moment Thursday — as the Red Hot Chili Peppers christened the stage at Amoeba Records Hollywood.
It was the first in-store performance for Amoeba in more than two years, and the first at Amoeba’s new Hollywood Boulevard location. Bassist Flea, citing the posters on the walls – David Bowie, Johnny Cash — and the assembled fans, remarked, “A record store is a sacred place.”
The band, which earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame just a day earlier, is in full promotion mode for their new set Unlimited Love.
The four song set, with returning guitarist John Frusciante packing only a single acoustic guitar, featured current #1 “Black Summer,” “By the Way,” “These Are the Ways,” and a cover of Black Flag’s “Nervous Breakdown.”
When introducing the final song, Anthony Kiedis, spoke about how he and Flea once lived a few blocks away “in a house without a front door,” where they were inspired by Los Angeles punk icons Black Flag and others.
In all, it was an LA love-fest, with the hundreds in attendance having patiently waited for hours in a line that wrapped around the block for the noon-time release party.
There were even Red Hot Chili Peppers-themed donuts from Los Angeles mainstay Randy’s Donuts, which caused more than one fan to consider the dilemma: Eat it, or somehow try to preserve it as an ultra-rare tchotchke?
Kudos to Warner Product Manager Peter Standish for ensuring fans didn’t go hungry.